Thursday, September 11, 2008

Clashes in the Lightweight Division

Forget Pacquiao-De La Hoya for the moment.

This Saturday, September 13, 2008 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, WBA / WBO / IBF lightweight champion Nate Campbell (32-5, 25 KOs) of the United States will trade punches with undefeated WBO super featherweight champion Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs), a native of the Dominican Republic and moving to a higher class.

While I say they are equally matched in terms of reach and height, Guzman possesses more athleticism than Campbell. Guzman is faster, more agile, and a harder puncher in contrast to Campbell. But one cannot count the older guy out. 36-year old Campbell has proven himself a tough warrior on the ring and against a younger Guzman, who is 4 years his junior, I think he can hold him off.

That said, I do not dismiss the high probability of a Guzman stoppage in the middle part of the fight. A proven power puncher with speed on his side, no doubt there will be a showcase of punching barrages courtesy of the Dominican.

The odds? 70-30 in favor Guzman.

Another fight slated on the same evening will be the Juan Manuel Marquez-Joel Casamayor bout. Marquez (48-4-1, 35 KOs) will be climbing the scales to the lightweight division in an attempt to wrest The Ring’s Lightweight belt from Casamayor (36-3-1, 22 KOs).

A tactical and more polished fighter than his Cuban opponent, Mexican native JMM is the heavy favorite to win this matchup (so do I). But I do not think Casamayor will go down easily in this fight. If Casamayor falls this 13th, JMM will surely have a hell to go through first. With all that said, a Casamayor victory is still possible, but not likely.


Martin Bolima said...

if campbell has his head in the fight, he has enough skills and savvy to defeat guzman..

as for marquez, he has to find a way to neutralize casamayor's dirty tactics and rough-housing tricks..casamayor is known to be a dirty fighter at times, and if marquez gets affected by it, he'll lose..but i want marquez to win.

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